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No Pet Left Behind

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No Pet Left Behind in the Times of COVID-19

Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and Zachary’s Paws for Healing open for Compassionate Boarding

Hamilton, ON (April 16, 2020) – The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) and Zachary’s PAWS for Healing (ZPFH) will care for pets belonging to persons hospitalized for treatment related to coronavirus.

There may be persons hospitalized for treatment who do not have alternatives for pet care while in hospital. “Pets are family members, and this approach prevents pet surrender, relieves anxiety about care, and gives hope to pet parents”, says Marion Emo, CEO. “Working together with Zachary’s PAWS for Healing, we know that pets are people’s best friends and sometimes only friend.  Offering compassionate boarding for persons experiencing the coronavirus is the right thing to do”.

The compassionate boarding program provides up to 14 days of boarding at the HBSPCA on Dartnall and with ZPFH depending on the space available and animals’ circumstances. Pets may include cats, dogs, small critters and small birds.

“We don’t know yet what the need will be for compassionate boarding”, says Donna Jenkins, Founder of ZPFH. “Caring for pets when pet parents fall ill is important. We’re ready as usual and can be counted on to help patients’ pets.”

As always, pet families are encouraged to make plans for pet care in the event of absence from home, with for instance friends, families or neighbours. Sometimes this is not possible. Referrals to the compassionate boarding program can be made by health care staff to Michelle Macnab at mmacnab@hbspca.com and Brian Judson at 289-682-3171.

“We are very grateful to our supporters for compassionate boarding”, Marion Emo goes on to say. “PetSmart Charities of Canada® has provided an emergency grant to help board pets in need who belong to clients of our Community Veterinary Outreach Program. And Royal Canin has donated food to help feed pet companions in care”.

Learn about the program and how you can prepare for compassionate boarding at /services/covid-19-emergency-preparedness/

Media Contact: Marion Emo, CEO at memo@hbspca.com or 905-574-7722 ext. 310.

About the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

The Hamilton/Burlington Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HBSPCA) is animal focused and donor based. The HBSPCA is committed to thriving animals, thriving pet families and thriving communities. With donor support and community partners, we are making progress keeping people and pets together, helping pet owners be the pet parents they want to be, and helping animals thrive in care on the way to their second chance homes. We invite you to check out the miracles that happen every day at www.hbspca.com
Charitable registration # 11923 6750 RR0001
The Community Veterinary Outreach Program is supported by a partnership with Community Veterinary Outreach www.vetoutreach.org

 

About Zachary’s PAWS for Healing

Zachary’s Paws for Healing is the only organization in Canada that provides specialized services to hospitals and their patients.  For the past five years, we have provided patients with visits with their own companion pets in hospital to relieve the stress and isolation they feel when separated.  We have fostered over 1600 patients’ pets that had no one to care for them while their human received much needed hospital care.  We also provide therapeutic animals for patients and staff at our Hamilton hospitals helping to rehabilitate patients and provide stress relief to the medical staff.  Through private donations and our corporate partners, we have provided this essential service to the Southern Ontario community.  For more information about our great work, please go to www.zacharyspawsforhealing.com
Charitable registration # 766701494RR0001

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Staying Connected. April 16

April 16, 2020

Hello Friend of the Animals

March 16th seems such a long time ago. That is when the seriousness of the coronavirus became apparent. How times have changed for all of us in just 32 days.  Each day brings new challenges, new insights, and at best, stories about living and working differently together for better days ahead.

Today we announced that the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA will care for pets belonging to persons hospitalized for treatment related to coronavirus.  In these uncertain times, we think this is an essential and humane support for pet families.

Compassionate boarding is the right thing to do

Keeping people and pets together means caring for pet companions when pet parents are getting the help they need. Pets are family members, and compassionate boarding prevents pet surrender, relieves anxiety about care, and gives hope to pet parents. Over the last few years, we have worked closely with Zachary’s PAWS for Healing, and we know that pets are people’s best friends and sometimes only friend.  Offering compassionate boarding for persons experiencing the coronavirus is the right thing to do.

The compassionate boarding program will provide up to 14 days of boarding at the HBSPCA on Dartnall Road and with Zachary’s PAWS for Healing depending on the space available and animals’ circumstances. Pets may include cats, dogs, small critters and small birds.

Our good friend and partner, Donna Jenkins, Founder of Zachary’s PAWS, reminds us that while we don’t know yet what the need will be, caring for pets when their pet parents fall ill is important. And with donor support, we’re ready and can be counted on to help patients’ pets.

And we are not doing it alone. PetSmart Charities® of Canada has made resources available to help board pets belonging to clients of our Community Veterinary Outreach Program. Royal Canin has donated food to help feed pet companions in care. Volunteers and staff will care for, socialise, play with and exercise all those in care.

We need your help

Compassionate boarding is only one of the critical ways your local shelter is serving community, alongside preventing pet emergencies, fixing pet emergencies and ensuring no animal leaves this world in pain and distress.

Here are some of the ways you can help

Purchase Spring Lottery tickets at /donate/lottery-tickets/

Purchase Royal Canin food from the HBSPCA for curbside pick -up by emailing info@hbspca.com

OR, if you are able, please support the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA with a donation of any size.

In these uncertain times, I thank you for listening, and continuing to support pets and their families.

I wish you, your family and your neighbours good health.

Sincerely

Marion Emo
President and CEO
Keeping Distance Staying Connected.

 

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Staying Connected. April 9th

April 9, 2020

Hello Friend of the Animals

Last week I shared how, like you, we are trying to be nimble and adapt in these uncertain times. And I assured you that our commitment to pet companions at risk has not changed. Today, one week into our 134th year of service to community, I want to tell you a little more about what we are doing.

Telemedicine means no pet is left behind.

Pets who have had a surgery at the shelter’s Companion Animal Hospital occasionally need to be seen again after surgery to monitor the healing of their stitches. With all Ontario Veterinarians being directed to postpone non-urgent visits, we’re doing our part as a shelter to balance social distancing with timely follow-up care. One way we’re able to provide follow-up support for our patients is with telemedicine. As we closed service for owned pets, we received a call from RC, a client, about her cat who had been recently spayed at our clinic. Kitty was still very playful and eating well, but she was showing signs of an infection around her stitches. Our Veterinarian and RVT spoke with our client, made a plan for care, and sent a prescription to the client’s community pharmacy for medicine which was delivered right to Kitty’s home

Humane care. Always

Your local shelter is guided by the Five Freedoms for all living things including freedom from pain, injury and disease. Your shelter continues to provide essential end of life care for loved pets.  And while our process to receive animals has changed to keep staff and family members safe in these times of COVID-19, it has been met with appreciation. Last week we received a message from a loving pet parent.

Hello,

I just wanted to express my gratitude for your help today for Freddie. You took care of him immediately and my sister, who dropped him off, said the lady who picked him up was extremely gentle, and sweet. I wish I could have been there for his final moments, but he was in good hands. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless the little ones and the people who take care of them. Warm regards, EM

Donor support for our trained and caring pet health team makes service to community possible, every day.

But we need your help more than ever.

Your continued support to prevent pet emergencies, fix pet emergencies and ensure no animal leaves this world in pain and distress, is essential.

If you are able, please support the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA with a donation.

I wish you, your friends, your family and your colleagues health and safety.

Sincerely,

Marion Emo
President and CEO
Keeping Distance Staying Connected.

If you have already donated, thank you.

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Taking Care in the Times of COVID-19 Our operations continue to change temporarily

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA understands and shares the concerns of our community regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the very real impact for our families, friends and colleagues. We closely monitor the evolving situation, anticipate requirements for the health and safety of the animals, our volunteers, our staff, the community we serve, and, we adapt.

 

We extend a big PAWS up to those who applied to adopt pet companions ready for rehoming these last few weeks. Many are in their new forever homes and some are being fostered, on their journey to health and wellness. We thank too our dog walkers who are walking and socialising the dogs in our care. And finally, we thank our volunteers helping us process donations and the purchase of lottery tickets. You can learn all about lottery and how you can support the animals at /donate/lottery-tickets/

On Tuesday March 24, the Ontario Government announced essential services. Societies and animal care entities were included as essential services. This allows the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA to respond in emergent situations.

As of Friday March 27:

  • Your local Society is open for
    • Animals at risk identified by Provincial Inspectors and for whom a safe haven is required.
    • URGENT surrenders. If you as a guardian have an urgent need to consider surrendering a pet in your care, please email info@hbspca.com
    • URGENT end of-life-care. Please email info@hbspca.com
  • Food is available to registered colony cat caregivers; email info@hbspca.com  for pick up.
  • Our website, Facebook and Instagram pages are up to date with the latest information
  • The shelter will continue to be safely staffed to care for animals on site, those in foster families and animals in distress requiring immediate attention.

Further:

  • All classes, clinics and events are postponed until further notice.
  • Spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets at our Companion Animal Hospital are discontinued until further notice.
  • Adoptions are closed until further notice.

These are unprecedented times for our families, friends, colleagues and our way of life. Your donations to sustain required supplies and attend to animals in distress, pain and discomfort are ever important.  Please consider a donation at /donate/single-gift/ or by phone at 905 574-7722 ext. 406.

Thank you for your sustained support, all for the animals. We invite you to visit our website at www.hbspca.com for updates regarding our current services and future plans.

With thanks in health and safety.

Marion Emo, CEO

Keeping Distance. Staying Connected.